Local briefs

September 22, 2005

The Wednesday Morning Portrait Group will start its fall session today at Hagerstown YMCA, Eastern Boulevard, Hagerstown.

Live models and easels are furnished, and artists are to bring their own medium of choice and other supplies. Set up begins at 9 a.m. with the model posing from 9:30 a.m. to noon.

There is a fee. For information, call Marilyn Bender at 1-717-762-9307 or Donna Mason at 301-791-6719.

Retired greyhound open house

Greyhound Welfare Inc. is an all-volunteer nonprofit organization dedicated to the rescue and placement of retired racing greyhounds.

The organization will sponsor an open house Sunday, Sept. 25, from noon to 2 p.m., at PetSmart, Centre at Hagerstown, Garland Groh Boulevard, Hagerstown.


Meet some greyhounds and learn how to adopt a greyhound, donate or volunteer with the organization. The only options for retired greyhounds are adoption or euthanasia.

CASA volunteers needed

Volunteers are needed for CASA of the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia. CASA volunteers are court-appointed special advocates who speak for children in court to help them find safe and permanent homes.

An orientation meeting will be held Saturday, Sept. 24. To volunteer, call 1-304-267-0100, ext. 291 or ext. 290.

Holiday card drive begins Oct. 1

The South Washington County Military Support Group announces that the 2005 holiday card drive will be held from Oct. 1 through Nov. 20, for local troops serving in the Middle East.

Last year, more than 37,950 cards were sent, and organizers hope to raise that total this year. Local churches, businesses, schools and other organizations are urged to get involved.

Use the following guidelines to send greetings: Each card may be read by many service members; cards may be homemade or store bought; no envelopes or postage; cards and messages should be appropriate; cards will be screened for security/sensitive issues; don't send blank cards; messages of well wishes/support may be included; may request a pen pal; may make arrangements to have cards picked up, dropped off or mailed.

Those who have a family member serving in the Middle East may contact the organization with the name and unit address.

Donations for mailing costs, phone cards and holiday candy are needed and appreciated.

Send cards, donations or service member information to South Washington County Military Support Group, c/o Lynn Jones, P.O. Box 223, Keedysville, MD 21756. Questions may be directed to Lynn Jones, 301-432-4979; or

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